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Zoltanne @ZoltanneUSA
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OBAMA should be more mindful when accusing Trump about the press & leaks:

1. It is common knowledge among journalists that the #Obama administration has prosecuted more leakers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all former presidents combined. But few admit this truth.
2. The Committee to Protect Journalists released its first comprehensive report on US press freedom.

They discovered that the Obama administration’s policies have undermined the role of the press in three fundamental ways.
3. First, the government’s war on leaks has not only intimidated whistleblowers, it has ensnared journalists.
4. Second, the Obama administration has undermined transparency by fighting against the release of essential info, such as the Justice Dept’s “drone memo,” which provided legal justification for attacks carried out around the world, including the targeting of American citizens.
5. Finally, revelations about the scope of the NSA surveillance program have had a global chilling effect, undermining the confidence of journalists and inhibiting their ability to communicate with their sources.
6. Former WaPo editor Leonard Downie Jr. wrote a report for the Comm. to Protect Journalists in 2013: “The Obama Administration & the Press.”

It's about the post 9/11 rise in US national security & surveillance infrastructure & the increase in a hostile reporting environment.
7. After Obama became President, his administration focused on filling its own websites & social media accounts with content instead of interacting w/ journalists. Instead of Obama's "transparency" they controlled the message.
8. But that wasn't enough. In 2011, Obama officials created an Insider Threat Task Force to catch leaks internally.
9. In James Goodall's book, Fighting for the Press, Goodale (chief counsel to the NYT during the time when its editors published the Pentagon Papers in 1971) argues that President Obama is worse for press freedom than former President Richard Nixon was.
10. Goodall stated that if the Obama administration indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for conspiracy to violate the Espionage Act, Obama would have succeeded where Nixon failed by using the Espionage Act to “end-run” the First Amendment.
11. During the Obama Presidency, some well-known cases involved news corporations & journalists. Phone records were seized from several AP bureaus, spying was undertaken on FOX News analyst James Rosen (and his family), the case of James Risen, & spying of Sheryl Atkinson.
12. Barrack Hussein Obama has grown infamous for projections and lies.
The facts prove that the truth is something he refuses to own up to.

The Obama administration has prosecuted more leakers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all former presidents combined.
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